Happy Monday friends! If you get our newsletter, you know that this project was supposed to be up on the blog last week but we had some complications along the way. What exactly happened? Well, we had no idea what we were doing when we started the project! I knew that I wanted to put some floating shelves above the toilet in the guest bathroom. We had no trouble assembling the shelves! The complications were in attaching them to the wall. We’ve solved the problem now and they are nice and sturdy in the guestroom bathroom and so I am now ready to share the tutorial for our DIY floating shelves.
I can’t say that I decided to do the DIY floating shelves because it would cost me less money to do them. The reason is because I never looked at their prices. I have no idea what these retail for. I did not look at any tutorials because I knew what I wanted them to look like and they didn’t look very hard, so husbs and I decided to wing it. I only had 3 requirements: They had to look as much like wood beams as possible, had to be sturdy on the wall, BUT, and this is most important, they also had to be easily removable in case I change my mind in a few months (which is very possible). Easy-Peazy! Well, now looking back it’s easy and for you, it will be easy because we already did the hard thinking for you 🙂
Our beams measure 18″ long, 6 1/2″ wide, 3 1/2″ tall. This tutorial will be based on those measurements. I wish I could look at all of your spaces and customize the tutorial for each of your shelves but I can’t and so I truly hope that you can convert these measurements to your own shelves.
Here is what you will need for this project:
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1.Wood (we have an old shed filled with all sorts of wood so we did not have to buy any)
- Two 16″, by 5 1/2″, by 1/2″ (the thickness is not as important because they will be hidden but 1/2″ is a good thickness. You don’t want it to be more because it will add unnecessary weight to your shelves. More weight makes it harder to secure to the wall)
- Two 5 1/2″, by 3 1/2″, by 1″
- One 18″, by 3 1/2″, by 1″
4. Wall anchors
7. Sand paper
Start by arranging your front piece and side pieces together and use a nail gun to attach them together.
Once those are secure, attach your back piece by sliding it inside the 2 end pieces making sure that the back of it is in alignment with the top of the end pieces. Go ahead and use your nail gun to attach this piece as well. Do the same with the other piece.
Now, your shelf should be assembled. The back side is missing and that is just the way we want it. Adding an extra piece will add unnecessary weight to these shelves.
Now, we have to move on to sealing the cracks where the pieces meet and then stain the whole thing. To do this, use your stainable wood putty in the cracks and when it is dried, sand it down to even it out with the surface of the shelf. I used a low grit sand paper because my wood is really rough and I did not want for that area to be extra smooth. It would not fit.
Now, the time came for us to hang them and we thought we could hang them just like a picture frame but the traditional picture holders that you see on the right side in the picture below were not working. At this point, I realized that we have a little floating shelf in our bedroom that I bought at the Salvation Army and that one just hangs like a picture frame. We took it down to find out what kind of hangers it uses and it uses something very similar to the keyhole fasteners below. We went to the store and bought some. We added one on each top back corner of the shelves and added wall anchors to the walls to match them. They work like a charm!
We ended up drilling clearance holes under where the fasteners are mounted, to make space for the screw heads to fit into them. This can be done easily with a 2″ paddle bit. They are nice and study and I can remove them whenever I want. I do not plan on putting extremely heavy things on these and so I am not worried about them falling off. There you have it! You can do this project in an afternoon and have lovely rustic shelves for your space!
A little behind the scenes sneak peak. See the camera on the tripod in the mirror? This bathroom is almost done. All I have to do now is paint the vanity (you can see a hint of the oak finish in the second picture below.) I also need to replace the light fixture and maybe add a small piece of art in there in the bathroom and it will be good to go.
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